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Comedian Tig Notaro on her first big laugh:

I didn’t account for laughter, which seems odd. But I had been talking to myself for so long at my apartment, and I was so focused on getting all of my material down. And when I got on stage at the coffee shop and people laughed, I remember being taken aback. I was like, ‘Oh — oh, that’s what I was telling you this for, was for the laughter.’ 

Photo by Wei Shi

    Comedian Tig Notaro on her first big laugh:

    I didn’t account for laughter, which seems odd. But I had been talking to myself for so long at my apartment, and I was so focused on getting all of my material down. And when I got on stage at the coffee shop and people laughed, I remember being taken aback. I was like, ‘Oh — oh, that’s what I was telling you this for, was for the laughter.’

    Photo by Wei Shi

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  1. Soon Fresh Air will be hosting Amy Schumer to discuss her new show Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central. Above, a skit from the show where Schumer plays the cancer card after hearing one of the writers, Tig Notaro, has cancer. Notaro actually did have cancer and her life-changing stand-up routine about her diagnosis with breast cancer and her mother’s death led Louis C.K. to say, “The show was an amazing example of what comedy can be. A way to visit your worst fears and laugh at them.”  Her routine later made an appearance on This American Lifewhich is what made Fresh Air interested in bringing her on the show.  It was a really great interview


    For good measure, a Fresh Air interview with Louis C.K. about Notaro’s routine.

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  1. A link to this clip of comedian Tig Notaro from 2010 popped up in my Twitter feed this morning (via NPR book critic Michael Schaub) accompanied by the tweet “This is proof that Tig Notaro is America’s best living comedian.” Superlatives aside, it’s a good set. She’s a really funny lady.


    Here’s Notaro on Fresh Air.

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  1. I’m so interested to see what this has done to me. And I do know that what I feel lucky for and what has prepared me for now is that throughout my comedy career, I have evolved and changed, and what I think has been important, not just in comedy but in life — and it’s so cliché, but really — to take your own advice. And that’s what I’ve done in my standup, and it has helped me because I started out a dry, deadpan one liner comic that didn’t smile on stage. And I have allowed myself, by taking my own advice, to write longer jokes…and going onstage to talk about my cancer and my mother’s death, that’s not something I would normally do…I’m going to do whatever makes me feel comfortable and I’m gonna do whatever I want to do, and hope that the essence of me and what people liked about me in the beginning will come through.


    — Tig Notaro on taking her own advice

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  1. Tig has this really beautiful sound on stage, she has this way of dropping her jokes, that are wonderful, deadly jokes and they’re about small things, like bees and drapes, but they’re incredible. So here she is applying it to something really big and it was like an example of what comedy can do. It was an incredible example of what comedy is good at, which is taking people to the scary parts of their mind and making them laugh in those scary places, that’s a great gift.

    — Louis C.K. on Tig Notaro’s comedic style

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  1. "She [Tig Notaro] did something about looking at a picture of herself when she was five and saying to this cute little picture, “You’re gonna get cancer.” And we’re going omigod, and for me I was crying and laughing the whole time. A lot of it was just me connecting to what she was saying but to be right next to her, I was like eight feet away, right on the side of the stage behind a curtain, and hearing the audience lurching back and forth exploding then hushed, totally hushed, and then exploding again. I never saw anything like it, the way she controlled it."

    — Louis CK on Tig Notaro’s Largo set

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  1. I’m not on twitter and I don’t follow blogs…I woke up the next day and my phone when I turned it on just kept beeping, just so many voice mails and text messages. I didn’t understand how the whole world knew I had cancer. I was so confused and then to go from the 300 people that night to the world knew…my first thought when I was diagnosed was ‘Oh, I have to keep this a secret.’ I don’t want to lose work and then that just blew the roof off that. It was just so funny because I was talking to my manager just days before like, “How are we going to keep this a secret?”

    — Comedian Tig Notaro on Louis CK’s tweet describing her set as ‘masterful’

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  1. Check out Tig Notaro’s story for This American Life about repeatedly running into Taylor Dayne, who for those who don’t know or may not remember, was a pop star in the late 80s and early 90s.

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    Monday: Tig’s Interview

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